Browse Stories in Health & Environment

Written by Susana on Nov 09, 2010
Wearing orange hardhats and T-shirts, they scraped, hammered and painted, climbing up rooftops and hanging from windows.Young, idealistic and motivated, college students are descending on the East Side on weekends to bestow a "little TLC" to some grand, but battered, historic homes.More than 250 architecture students from the University of Texas at San Antonio are spending their weekends repairing homes on the Dignowity Hill Historic District, located about two miles from downtown.
Written by David McLemore on Oct 28, 2010
At the Big Easy Café, food isn’t just nutrition. It’s a sacrament. Owner Dwana Dominick is in the loving chaos of the kitchen, laughing with her cook Loretta Ware as they chop, slice, stir the holy trinity of onion, celery and bell pepper and add them into simmering pots that fill the air with a heavenly aroma. As the dining room fills, Dominick pulls pans of poultry magically transformed into Creole chicken out of the well-used black oven.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Oct 26, 2010
You'll notice a number of stories on our site about how the streets of San Antonio can be friendlier, safer, more "walkable" and just plain healthier.Healthier streets mean healthier people.Make no mistake about it - we have a problem. Just look at this map of childhood obesity in San Antonio:What is it about this place where we live that causes so many children and adults to be so overweight and get the ensuing diseases, such as diabetes?
Written by jj on Oct 26, 2010
Plants were used in the healing practices of ancient civilizations all over the world.The communities of Mesoamerica and the Southern United States were no exception. Medicinal plants were cultivated in gardens and studied by community doctors. Basic knowledge of herbal medicine was common, as nearly every family grew its own herbs and vegetables.Massage therapists, chiropractors and midwives also had their place in these ancient communities and administered medicinal plants for numerous ailments. However, this vast knowledge is not as well known today.
Written by Felicia.Galindo on Oct 25, 2010
Abandoned lots, cracked sidewalks and stray dogs are some of the obstacles that make walking or strolling in parts of the West Side a hazard for school children and seniorsMany residents and families with children stay shuttered inside their homes rather than venture into dangerous streets, foresaking not only exercise but also communal living.Watch and listen to the video to see the challenges: